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The night old soccer came home

Last Saturday night in Sydney, Heartbeat of Football – a fundraising organisation founded and driven by well-known football identity Andy Paschalidis – hosted the first ever reunion of players, coaches and identities from the National Soccer League.

Hi Nat
If my article suggested that the NRL were looking for “special treatment” I apologise for the inference. However, my concern is with the image that will be portrayed by blokes crashing into each other while the rest of us can’t even give our mum a hug. Sometimes the right message for sport to portray is to be the best reflection of society. These are difficult times for all.

A message to the big leagues: Don't play until we all can

Admiral, it was on the list but I realised most of the games I had there went to penalty shootouts!

Ten classic football flashbacks I’d love to see on TV

Brian
…and that game came a few days after one of Australia’s most famous victories – a 4-1 trouncing of the reigning world champions Argentina, complete with the Charlie Yankos “wonder goal.”

How the '80s made football my life

Middy, I watched the first two episodes last night on the recommendation of my partner (we are isolated from each other at the moment) Great show.

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

Kangas
I did play for Newcastle Austral – fantastic memories from those days, with every second weekend a road trip from Birmingham Gardens to Sydeny, Wollongong or Canberra.

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

Thank you for that, Natalie.

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

How do you get the Match of the Day theme as a ringtone?? Please educate me!

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

MarkfromCroydon, I was the same – I thought the FA Cup winners were the best team in England. It took an old coach of mine in the Under 15s to set me straight – he was a Scouser and while Liverpool kept winning the league, they hadn’t won the cup since 1974, so when I suggested that the cup winner was the champion side, he would gently remind me that to win the cup, you had to win 6 games – to win the league you had to be the best after 42 games (as it was then)

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

That was the game, 1979 final, Arsenal v Manchester United, and Man Utd scored in the 87th and 88th minutes to take the game to 2-2 before Alan Sunderland scored in the 90th minute to win it.

How the 1970s made me a football tragic

Can you name a higher one?

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

This is what works: fudging participation numbers to try and get AIS funding; paying local councils under the table to quarantine suburban grounds so only Aussie Rules can be played on them (even if there are no registered clubs in the LGA); assuming that AFLW was the invention of womens sport; sweeping widespread allegations of player misbehaviour under a carpet of obliging media until the carpet becomes too lumpy. Not sure I’d want to grovel at those feet.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

The native game derived from Irish Gaelic?

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

Because Usain would have fixed everything.

The code wars are here, so let's have at it

The Eels sellout was the first event of any kind at the stadium. It received massive publicity and was always going to be full, whether tickets were sold or given away (I’m not suggesting there were loads of freebies, I don’t know) The next home game will most surely sell out, being the Sydney derby.

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

He’s Australian!

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

The biggest talking point: There is no A League fantasy competition! Fox Sports, who seem to care less about the A League every season, have stopped running the one they had going, so is there a fantasy league out there, anywhere? Roar…?

Six talking points from A-League Round 1

You might have missed the pun.

Going to games is more important than marketing campaigns

Goalkeeping is a dirty deed, done dirt cheap.

Going to games is more important than marketing campaigns

Agreed, Simon should have been awarded a penalty, don’t know how the referee missed that.

We need to talk about Matt Simon

Nemesis

Is that really how the 6 extra rounds will be decided? That’s…ridiculous. I’m not sure whether there are other football leagues that play uneven numbers of games but it certainly happens in the two other codes here in Australia. I think the NRL determines its extra rounds based on a formula around the final placements of teams the previous season.

It's the most important A-League season ever - so let's see a fixture list

I am completely nonplussed as to why the A League is SHORTENING the season by one round despite adding a new team. 11 teams equals 30 games with everyone playing each other three times. This negates the messy tinkering needed to make an 11 team competition play 26 rounds. It can’t be that hard to add 3 rounds into the competition. After all, there have been 12 teams in the league in the past.

It's the most important A-League season ever - so let's see a fixture list

They certainly did, Macca. Vince Savoca was there, looking as fit as ever.

The night old soccer came home

Hi JB
Andrew’s son Steve was at the function, it was great to catch up with him too.

The night old soccer came home

I’m suggesting it. Only because Mark Rudan virtually admitted it in his post-match press conference.

Does form count for anything going into the A-League finals?

I’ll mention it every minute if we get a Grand Final like that one!

Does form count for anything going into the A-League finals?